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Benefits of Beets
 
 
 

Health Benefits of Beets

The roots and leaves of the beet have been used in folk medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments. Ancient Romans used beetroot as a treatment for fevers and constipation, amongst other ailments. Apicius in De re coquinaria gives five recipes for soups to be given as a laxative, three of which feature the root of beet. Hippocrates advocated the use of beet leaves as binding for wounds. Since Roman times, beetroot juice has been considered an aphrodisiac. From the Middle Ages, beetroot was used as a treatment for a variety of conditions, especially illnesses relating to digestion and the blood. Platina recommended taking beetroot with garlic to nullify the effects of 'garlic-breath'.

It has been suggested the pigment molecule betanin in the root of red beets may protect against oxidative stress and has been used for this purpose in Europe for centuries, though it is not known if the effect is meaningful in the human body.

All parts of the beet plant contain oxalic acid. Beet greens and Swiss Chard are both considered high Oxalate foods which have been implicated on the formation of kidney stones.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

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